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IKEA sewing machine- any good?

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#1 Muffintop

Posted 02 August 2016 - 10:51 AM

I'm very much a sewing novice and looking to do a CAE course or similar in very basic machine sewing. I'm just wondering about the best machine to get - don't have much money to spend (

#2 qak

Posted 02 August 2016 - 11:26 AM

I never knew they had one either.  There's an old-ish review: http://www.ikatbag.c...ng-machine.html

Review & comments highlight that the machine is pretty basic, buttonholes not very good. From the picture I would think the machine is physically a bit small for an adult; the comments also indicate that it lacks some accessories/no-one know what brand may fit it.  The Bobbin looks like my MILs 40-yr old "St James" brand which I sold - TBH I found that bobbin case hard to handle, but the IKEA has better access.

Down the bottom of the comments there is a link to the instruction manual.

I think I would be aiming for something a bit bigger - if you are going to do a course, perhaps the co-ordinator can recommend a basic machine for you?

#3 HRH Countrymel

Posted 02 August 2016 - 11:46 AM


If you don't have much to spend get a second hand machine.

I sew a lot and have a 30 year old basic Janome and a 20 year old overlocker who see me right!

When I had to clean out my parents house I took two perfect sewing machines to VInnies - they were old, but perfect, I saw one in there later with $15 on the price tag.

My local sewing machine shop/repairman has a room out the back literally FULL of old machines.

I know my MIL 'traded' her $2000 you beaut one in (it was less than 6 years old) when she bought a new one.  

People want the newest, latest thing.. the resale value of a sewing machine is pretty grim.

Before I went for a cheap no-brand brand new model I would certainly look out for a second hand known brand.

#4 DirtyStreetPie

Posted 02 August 2016 - 01:06 PM

Lots of great suggestions from PPs. Also, I've seen a basic Brother machine in Big W, and I got mine from Spotlight for $99. I'm a novice too, so it's fine for a learner.

Might have to check out the op shops - they sound like a goldmine!

OP, I'm struggling learning on my own, so I've enrolled in a couple of Craftsy courses. I'll start them once I've finished my current project. Good luck! :)

#5 Schmig

Posted 02 August 2016 - 01:21 PM

Janome has machines cheap around mother's day and christmas usually too. But you can get great machines second hand. My first machine was an 80s janome and it was brilliant

#6 ~Greengables~

Posted 02 August 2016 - 01:34 PM

I've got the ikea one just for basic mending- I can't really sew but it's very easy to use.

#7 Muffintop

Posted 02 August 2016 - 02:37 PM

Thanks for the suggestions, will definitely check out second hand ones. And thanks for knowing what I was talking about as my post got cut off half way through!

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